May 6th, 2017

Father, you have told us that If your people will humble themselves and seek your face and repent that you will hear us and heal us. You have also told us that if we confess our sins that you are faithful and just and that you will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. God, we bow before you today. We are humble. We repent. Please hear our prayer. Please, forgive us…

Forgive us for what we have taught our children. For teaching them that evil is good and good is evil, that darkness is light and light is darkness, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter. Forgive us for teaching them that left is right and right is wrong, that true is false and falsehood is true.

Forgive us Holy God for teaching sexual promiscuity in our schools more effectively than we have taught sexual restraint to our students. Forgive us for teaching self-esteem better than we have taught science and civics. Forgive us for teaching values clarification more than virtue. Forgive us for diminishing the value of marital fidelity and leaving our kids clueless as to how to defend the definition of marriage.

Forgive us for leading the generation that follows us to believe it has the authority to define life for the generation that follows it.

Forgive us for our narcissism: For proclaiming we are “as God;” that “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for and that we are the change we seek.”

Forgive us for making justice unjust and injustice just.

Forgive us for celebrating lies rather than pursuing truth.

Forgive us for our self-refuting duplicity of pedantically preaching that the tolerant do not tolerate those they find intolerable.

Forgives us for the hypocrisy of hating those we find hateful.

Forgive us for diminishing human dignity and for dumbing down the definition of the imago Dei to the imago dog; for diminishing human identity to little more than the sum total of our base inclinations, appetites, proclivities, passions, feelings, and desires.

Forgive us for pretending that women should not be subjected to the power and the passions of men but then electing men who impose their delusional and dysphoric passions upon women.

Forgive us for boasting of freedom while yet living in bondage to our own deception.

Forgive us for separating head from heart and fact from faith.

Forgive us for severing belief from behavior and religion from reason.

Forgive us for worshiping government more than God.

God, we ask you to forgive us. Forgive us for confusing liberty with license and freedom with fascism.

Please rescue us from the ugly hell of our own making, O holy God.

We humbly petition you to grant a reprieve of your judgment.

In the name of Christ, not Cesar, we pray: God, please forgive us and heal our nation.